Cooking your pet’s meals
using healthy homemade dog food recipes is so satisfying and because you've made it yourself you know exactly what goes into your Cocker's food. Read on if you'd like to learn more about making your own dog
food and try some of our delicious recipes.
Delicious Home Cooked Dinners
If you enjoy cooking for your Cocker Spaniel (and who doesn't?) you'll find a tasty selection of healthy dog food recipes just waiting for you to try.
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This first recipe below is one of our favorites - Savory Minced Chicken!
We've had lots of great feedback from it so if you only try one recipe, this is it - I just know your dog's going to love it! Not only is it a healthy organic alternative to shop-bought dog food, it's also very easy to make. Organic chicken is best, but good quality minced chicken works well too.
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Savory minced chicken is Max's favorite meal and I'm sure if he could make it himself, he would.
1 pound of organic minced chicken
2 cups of whole brown rice
6 cups of water
1 teaspoon of rosemary
1/2 pound of finely chopped broccoli
1/2 pound of diced carrots
Place the minced chicken, water, rice and rosemary into a large pan.
Combine all the ingredients - taking care to break up the minced chicken.
Put the pan on a high heat and bring to the boil.
When the mixture has reached boiling point, reduce the heat to the lowest setting and simmer for 20 minutes.
At this point, add the vegetables and cook until tender.
When the mixture is cooked and vegetables are tender, remove the pan from the heat and allow to cool.
Place in foil containers and refrigerate or freeze until ready to use.
Try this one for yourself and you'll see why it's one of our visitor's favorite homemade dog food recipes!
Lamb And Rice Delight
This is another of Max's favorite recipes for homemade dog food - he
hovers very closely when I'm in the kitchen making this! I don't know
how he does it, but he always seems to know when I'm cooking for him.
1lb of ground lamb (beef can be used as an alternative)
2 cups of brown rice
2 tablespoons of chopped broccoli
3 medium-sized potatoes, peeled
3 medium-sized carrots
2 tablespoons of chopped spinach
Brown the ground lamb in a large frying pan, and when browned, transfer the meat to a large deep pan.
Add enough water to cover and bring up to the boil.
Cube the potatoes.
Chop the broccoli.
Chop the carrots.
the cubes of potato to the frying pan and fry gently in the lamb juices
before adding to the deep pan - don't forget the juices.
Add the broccoli, carrots, and chopped spinach to the lamb mixture.
Add the rice and mix well.
up with enough water to cover the lamb mixture and simmer gently for
around 20 minutes, or until the lamb and vegetables are tender and the
rice is cooked.
Allow to cool.
This particular homemade dog food recipe will keep up to 4 days in the refrigerator, or if you prefer, it could be divided into single portions and frozen - simply defrost a portion overnight for the next day.
Not only is this recipe healthy and nutritious, I'm sure your dog will agree it's tasty too!
Savory Mince And Veggies
We all love mince and 'tatties' - well this is a healthy homemade recipe for your dog.
750 grams of beef mince
1 kg of mixed vegetables of your choice: carrots, potato, broccoli, peas, parsnip, cauliflower
2 cups of rice
1 or 2 beef stock cubes
Brown the minced beef in a large frying pan, or in batches in a large deep pan.
Add enough water to the pan to cover the beef and bring up to the boil.
Make up the stock cubes in a little water and add to the pan.
If the liquid doesn't cover the mixture add a little more and simmer gently for around 20 minutes, or until the beef is tender.
Chop the vegetables into bite-sized pieces and add to the pan.
Add the rice and mix well.
Cook for a further 10 minutes or until the vegetables are tender and the rice is cooked and then set aside and allow to cool.
Our recipes for homemade dog food contain natural, healthy, ingredients and are much fresher than some of the commercial dog foods available...and that's got to be better for your pooch!
Herby Homemade Dog Food Recipes: Rosemary Chicken
1 pound minced chicken or turkey
2 cups of brown rice
1 teaspoon of dried rosemary
1 Medium sized pack of frozen mixed vegetables or, if you prefer, a mixture of fresh chopped vegetables
1 chicken stock cube
Brown the minced meat in a pan, using a wooden spoon to break it up, and add the rosemary.
Dissolve the stock cube in enough water to cover the mixture.
Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and allow to simmer gently for 20 minutes.
Add the vegetables and rice, mix thoroughly, and cook until the vegetables are tender and the rice is cooked.
Remove from the heat and allow to cool before refrigerating.
Each of our homemade dog food recipes above can be prepared and cooked in advance and refrigerated for up to 4 days.
Alternatively, they can be packed in foil containers and frozen in single portions and defrosted when needed.
You can use ketchup or a small tin of tomatoes or passata instead of fresh tomatoes and if you have leftover chicken, pork, or any lean meat, you could substitute it for the beef.
Water for boiling vegetables
1 large chopped carrot
1 chopped celery stick
1 small handful of chopped green beans or peas
1.5 lbs of minced beef
1 cup of oatmeal
1 large whole egg, lightly whisked
3 medium-sized chopped tomatoes
Take a small pan and half fill it with water. Bring it to the boil and drop in your chopped carrot and celery and green beans.
Bring the heat down to simmer and cook until tender - around 4 minutes.
Drain off water (add peas if using) and set vegetables aside to cool.
Find a large mixing bowl, add all your ingredients and mix thoroughly.
Pack the mixture into a small meatloaf tin and cook in an oven pre-heated to 350 degrees for 50 minutes. If you need to leave it for another 10 minutes or so it should be okay.
Take the meatloaf tin out of the oven and allow to cool.
Delicious Doggie Hot Pot!
1 pint of hot chicken stock (a stock cube is fine)
2 sweet potatoes (ordinary potatoes will do the job just as well)
4 medium-sized carrots, chopped or sliced
1 handful of chopped green beans or chopped red pepper (optional)
Parsley (if you have it - it helps sweeten the breath!)
4 boneless chicken portions (thighs and leg) or chicken breast - cut into bite-sized pieces
Place the chicken in a large pan and gently 'sweat' it until chicken fat is released. Turn up the heat and sear the chicken for a couple of minutes.
Add the chicken stock
Add all the remaining ingredients and cook on a medium heat until the vegetables are tender and the chicken is cooked.
Set aside and allow to cool before feeding to your dog.
This homemade dog food recipe is yours, so don't be afraid to mix up the ingredients a little and use alternative veggies!
If you prefer your dog's meal to be less 'wet' you can reduce the liquid while it's in the pan by turning up the heat and boiling it off. Alternatively, you can add an extra potato and mash into the dish to thicken up the gravy.
An 'Offally' Nice Dinner!
Max loves this dish and can always tell when I'm cooking it for him!
It smells delicious and out of all the homemade dog food recipes he's tasted, I believe this is probably his other favorite (yes, he has 2 recipes that he really loves - this one and savory minced chicken!)
A selection of offal: hearts, liver and kidneys.
1/4 of a small turnip, chopped into small pieces
1 medium-sized potato, peeled and chopped small
4 medium-sized carrots, peeled and sliced or chopped
1 stick of celery, sliced
1 small garlic clove, minced (garlic is good for dogs, but only in very small quantities)
Beef or chicken stock
Using a large pan, gently fry the offal in a tablespoon of sunflower or olive oil for 3 minutes.
Add enough water to the pan to cover the offal (be careful, it will spit) and boil (approximately 5 minutes) until cooked.
Using a slotted spoon, remove the offal and set aside to cool before chopping into small pieces.
Drop the stock cube into the pan, add the remaining vegetables and cook until tender.
In another pan, place the rice and the liquid stock from the vegetable pan and cook.
When the rice is cooked, add it to the vegetable and meat mixutre in your other pan. There shouldn't be much (if any) liquid left in the rice, if there is, remove it if you don't want a wet dish, otherwise there's no harm in leaving it in.
I have deliberately left the amounts of offal and rice blank because it often depends on how much offal I can get from our local butcher and how much I'm making.
I often make a few meals at a time because it keeps well in the fridge for a few days. I tend to use a ratio of 6 parts offal and 4 parts rice.
Summary: Homemade Dog Food Recipes
Cooking for your dog can be fun and it's good to know what ingredients do into his meals.
However, these healthy recipes for homemade dog food are meant as suggested variations to your dog's diet and should only be used occasionally; there isn't enough variation in them to fully sustain your pet's health long-term.
Before making any changes to your dog's diet, please have a chat with your vet to make sure you're feeding your Cocker Spaniel a well-balanced, nutritional
If you've enjoyed preparing these recipes for your dog, I also have some homemade dog biscuit recipes if you'd like to try your hand at those - I'm sure your furry friend will love you for it!
Be Careful Not To Overfeed Your Dog!
Our homemade dog food recipes don't come with a recommended portion size because it very much depends on your dog's lifestyle and age.
So beware, it's very easy to overfeed your dog when you don't have recommended guidelines. Max is almost 8 years old now and he gets at least 1 hour's exercise (running free in the vineyards - lucky dog!) every day so his lifestyle isn't sedentary.
When I cook his meals, I usually give him 6 or 7 tablespoons of food. If I notice he's getting a little 'porky' I cut back on the treats (the least nutritional).
I recommend you use your own judgement - you know your own dog best, but if you're in any doubt about your pet's nutritional needs, have a chat with your vet who will be able to advice you accordingly.
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